Dr Luis Ramiro

Associate Professor in Politics

Luis Ramiro

Attenborough Tower 807

Tel: +44 (0)116 294 4659

Fax: +44 (0)116 252 5082

Email: luis.ramiro@leicester.ac.uk

Personal details

  • BA (Politics and Sociology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

  • MSc (Social Research Methods, University of Surrey)

  • PhD (Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute, Florence)


First Semester 2016-17

  • PL3131 Political Parties in Western Democracies
  • PL2025 Quantitative Data Analysis


- Gomez, R. and L. Ramiro. 2017. 'Beyond the 2008 Great Recession: Economic factors and electoral support for the radical left in Western Europe', Party Politics


- Lavezzolo, S. and L. Ramiro. 2017. 'Stealth democracy and the support for new and challenger parties', European Political Science Review


- Ramiro, L. and R. Gómez. 2016. 'Radical Left Populism during the Great Recession: Podemos and its Competition with the Established Radical Left', Political Studies 65(1S): 108-126


- Gómez, R., L. Morales and L. Ramiro. 2016. 'Varieties of Radicalism. Examining the Diversity of Radical Left Parties and Voters in Western Europe', West European Politics 39(2): 351-379.


- Ramiro, L. 2016. 'Support for Radical Left Parties in Western Europe: Social Background, Ideology and Political Orientations', European Political Science Review 8(1): 1-23.


- Ramiro, L. 2016. ‘The effects of party primaries on electoral performance. The Spanish Socialist primaries in local elections’, Party Politics 22(1): 125-136.


- Ramiro, L. 2016. 'Riders on the Storm: United Left and Podemos during the 2008 Great Recession', in L. March and D. Keith (eds.), Europe’s Radical Left. From Marginality to the Mainstream? London: Rowman and Littlefield.


- Ramiro, L. and L. Morales. 2014. ‘Examining the 'demand' side of the market for political activism. Party and civil society grassroots activists in Spain’, Party Politics 20(4): 506-520.


- Ramiro, L. and T. Verge. 2013. ‘Impulse and decadence of linkage processes: Evidence from the Spanish radical left’, South European Society and Politics 18(1): 41-60. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13608746.2012.757452

(Also published as a book chapter in Transformations of the Radical Left in Southern Europe. Bringing Society Back In? Edited by Myrto Tsakatika and Marco Lisi. London: Routledge, 2013. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415869805/)

- Ramiro, L. and J. Font. 2012. ‘¿Una oportunidad para los pequeños? El voto a partidos pequeños en las elecciones al Parlamento Europeo’ (An opportunity for the smallest? The vote for small parties in the European Parliament elections), in Mariano Torcal and Joan Font (eds.), Las elecciones europeas de 2009. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. http://libreria.cis.es/libros/elecciones-europeas-2009/9788474765946/

- Morales, L. and L. Ramiro. 2011. ‘Gaining Political Capital through Social Capital. Inclusion in Policy Making and Network Embeddedness of Immigrants’ Associations in Spain’, Mobilization 16(2):147-164. http://www.mobilization.sdsu.edu/volumes/Volume16.html#

- Ramiro, L. 2011. ‘Socialist Parties’, in Bertrand Badie, Dirk Berg-Schlosser and Leonardo Morlino (eds.), International Encyclopaedia of Political Science. London: Sage. http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book231996

- Font, J. and L. Ramiro. 2011. ‘La concentración del voto de izquierda. ¿Cambio de preferencia o voto útil?’ (The concentration of the left-wing vote. Change of preferences or strategic voting?), in José Ramón Montero and Ignacio Lago (eds.), Elecciones generales de 2008. Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas. http://libreria.cis.es/libros/elecciones-generales-2008/9788474765502/

- Ramiro, L. and L. Morales. 2010. ‘Spanish Parties and Democracy: Weak Party-Society Linkage and Intense Party-State Symbiosis’, in Kay Lawson (ed.) Political Parties and Democracy [Five Volumes], Westport: Praeger/Greenwood Publishing Group. http://www.abc-clio.com/product.aspx?id=2147508343

- Gómez-Reino, M., I. Llamazares, and L. Ramiro. 2008. ‘Euroscepticism and political parties in Spain’, in Paul Taggart and Aleks Szczerbiak (eds.), Opposing Europe? The Comparative Party Politics of Euroscepticism, volume 1: Case Studies and Country Surveys. Oxford: Oxford University Press. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199258307.do

- Pérez-Nievas, S. and L. Ramiro. 2008. ‘L’Espagne’ (Spain), in Jean-Michel de Waele and Paul Magnette (eds.), Les démocraties européennes. Paris: Armand Colin. http://www.armand-colin.com/livre/345878/les-democraties-europeennes.php

- Ramiro, L. and L. Morales. 2007. “European Integration and Spanish Parties: Elite Empowerment amidst Limited Adaptation”, in Thomas Poguntke, Nicholas Aylott, Elisabeth Carter, Robert Ladrech and Richard Luther (eds.), The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation, London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415401913/

- Aylott, N., L. Morales and L. Ramiro. 2007. “Some Things Change, a Lot Stays the Same. Comparing the Country Studies”, in Thomas Poguntke, Nicholas Aylott, Elisabeth Carter, Robert Ladrech and Richard Luther (eds.), The Europeanization of National Political Parties: Power and Organizational Adaptation, London: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415401913/


I joined the University of Leicester in 2013. My research interests are in the study of political behaviour, organisations and parties. I work on the political and organisational strategies of different political actors such as social movements, unions, and especially parties, on how they adapt to new environments and how they implement organizational innovations. In the field of political behaviour, I am particularly interested in the analysis of political activism and involvement.

I am currently working on a project on the vote for radical left parties in Western Europe since the end of the World War II.


I am keen to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in political parties and other political and civil society organizations, and in different types of political behaviour (political participation in general, involvement in political organizations, elections, etc). I am available also for supervision of students in areas related to the political institutions of Western Europe.

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